A new, free COVID-19 testing site will open on Monday at the First Baptist Church of Ocala to provide additional extended-hours testing opportunities in Marion County.
The church is opening the new testing site in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Marion County Emergency Management.
“It is partnerships like these that help demonstrate Marion County’s many strengths,” says Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “We are grateful for the willingness of First Baptist Church of Ocala to collaborate in protecting the health of the community.”
“First Baptist Church of Ocala loves and has a strong desire to serve this community,” says First Baptist Church of Ocala Executive Pastor Danny Heath. Heath says the pandemic has “brought about unprecedented times” and that in “addition to providing the space for this testing site,” the church continues to “pray for the health and safety of every member of our community.”
A COVID-19 mobile clinical testing service will administer the free drive-through tests at the church, which is located at 2801 SE Maricamp Road.
Testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Residents who would like to be tested must enter through the church parking lot entrance on SE 30th Ave. To be tested, individuals should bring a valid photo ID; minors under age 18 will only be tested if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Residents should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while awaiting testing. Only those who are being tested should be in the vehicle, with the exception of parents, guardians or caregivers. No pets are permitted in the vehicle during tests.
Statlab Mobile, a COVID-19 mobile clinical testing service, is also offering free drive-through testing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park, which is located at 11008 South Hwy 475 in Ocala. Residents who would like to be tested must enter through the County Road 475 public entrance.